A pretty uneventful episode on Wednesday. A boring Redemption Island Challenge, a boring Immunity Challenge, and not much suspense going into Tribal Council. But as is the case most of the time, loyalty usually wins out when it comes to Tribal Council, and the blue team, well, most notably the players that Coach is controlling, decided it’d be better to keep Edna over Mikayla. That pretty much goes to show you how much Coach is in control of his tribe, whereas Ozzy had to the do the most scrambling since he got out there. I love how in about 48 hours, Ozzy went from telling everyone, “Hey, f-you for not telling me about your plan to vote out Elyse, I’ve got the idol, I’m now a free agent” to “I’m sorry for my blowup last night, won’t you all forgive me?” Unbelievable to think that Coach is more in control of his game than Ozzy is. But then again, Ozzy seems to think he can do no wrong on this show even though he repeatedly has.
Can someone please explain to me Brandon’s game play? I have no idea what he’s saying half the time and his strategy is completely batty. He doesn’t like Mikayla, then he likes Mikayla, he wants to vote her off, he wants her to stay, he says she should stay and he wants her to stay, but he has to vote her off. Huh? What planet is Brandon from? The only good thing about his game right now is that there’s not a single person out there that would vote for him in the finals, so, I guess everyone wants to keep him around so they can take him. So yeah, he is a Hantz. No idea how to play the social game, and “winning” in their mind is getting to the end even though no one in their right mind would ever vote for them winning the million. Is it brilliant strategy or just dumb? I think Russell’s best season was his first in Samoa when he deserved to win. After that, he became a caricature of himself, believed all his press clippings, and his gameplay was terrible.
I know that our writer for “Survivor”, Scott Ottersen, has either given the spoilers away, or directed people to what the spoilers are reporting. Just know that I haven’t read a single them about them and have no idea how far anyone lasts. Completely ruins the show for me if I do. The “Bachelor” I don’t care about because the eliminations on that show aren’t meant to be suspenseful, and there’s no gameplay involved in that show. That’s why I have no problem giving away the order of eliminations, etc. “Survivor” is completely different. If I know who the final four is right off the bat, then I know which tribe eventually becomes the power tribe, and every tribal council basically loses any suspense since I’ll be able to predict who got let go. So just remember when you’re reading my thoughts on “Survivor”, it’s coming from someone who hasn’t read any of the spoilers and has no clue what the rumors are.
Ok, I’ll admit, I’d basically only seen one episode from beginning to end of “X Factor” until last week’s Top 32 episodes started airing. I got so backed up, I just didn’t have time to watch all the auditions. But I’ve watched everything since, and I must say, the talent on this show far exceeds anything Idol has ever produced. I mean, outside of the groups, and maybe 2 of the solo artists, there is some serious talent here. Like, people that would blow through on Idol and are even better than some past winners. I’m not too great on the names just yet, but I have a good idea of who’s good and who isn’t based on what I saw.
Groups – The only group worth a damn is the Stereo Hogzz. I hated the fact that the two groups that the show put together (the 4 blondes and that group of 10 kids) made it to the finals was kind of ridiculous. Really? Four girls that had a month to prepare or whatever are better than a threesome or foursome who’ve been singing together their whole lives? Please. Won’t matter anyway. Thank God they stuck Paula with the worst group of kids. None of them have a chance of winning, and the Stereo Hogzz will be lucky to get halfway through the competition.
Over 30’s – Picking the homeless guy was a mistake, and it’s obvious he’s on for his backstory. He wasn’t nearly as good of a singer as any of the other 7. But I get why he’s in the finals. It’s for television, and definitely not on talent. Stacy Francis is probably the best of this group, however, her crying and running mascara bit is getting old. Your emotion loses its sincerity when you cry after EVERY performance. The greasy looking guy with the beard could be a sleeper for this group.
Boys – I don’t think the Astro thing will play with Middle America. He’s talented, yeah, but I just don’t see him lasting. Nor do I see the Sinatra clone going far. He appeals to too niche of a market. But Chris Rene and Marcus Canty are really good. Marcus is probably more talented, but Chris has a better story that America kinda fell for during his audition. But in terms of whose music I would buy? Marcus over Chris any day.
Girls – Lets be real, Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver have no chance. Simon made mistakes with those two. But the 14 year old and the 12 year old? My God, those two are ridiculous. I know Rachel Crow’s diva attitude might wear on some people, but those are some crazy pipes for a 12 year old. The only bad thing about these two is that they’re in the strongest group, and they might cancel each other out. And oh yeah, not to mention that the best singer in the whole competition was the one they originally let go. I don’t know who Simon thought he was fooling when he said he made a mistake and needed to bring someone back. Wasn’t it kind of obvious? Hell, he said after her first audition that people like her were the reason he brought X Factor to the states, then raved about her performance in the final 32. That was strictly done for television purposes because everyone and their mother knows Melanie is probably gonna win this thing. She sings Beyonce better than Beyonce does.